This Monday, January 21, the country celebrates the life of a civil rights pioneer on Martin Luther King Day. Since the day was first established in 1983, it slowly evolved into a day of service, when people and communities donate their time and energy toward a good cause.
There are plenty of opportunities in the area for anybody interested in volunteering either on Monday or any other time throughout the year. For a lot of these organizations and non-profits, a few extra helping hands can be just as valuable as cash donations.
Where: 99 Barclay St., Newtown
What: Help provide services that will foster self-esteem and independence, focusing on the strengths and capabilities of the residents. Opportunities include office support, writing letters, participate in activities, help with trips, arts & crafts programs and more.
Contact: (215) 860-4000 ext. 1394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: 2324 Second Street Pike, Wrightstown
What: Organize food drives or help drive clients to appointments. The Family Resource Center in Bensalem is in need of donations and volunteer support.
Contact: (215) 598-3566 or Melissa Mantz at email@example.com
Where: Fairless Hills
What: AHTN is an interfaith ministry whose mission is to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless attain self-sufficiency by offering, with dignity and compassion, food, clothing, and resources for shelter, housing, employment, medical aid, and other services. Trained volunteers with background check assist the organization by helping tend to the homeless population during Code Blue weather emergencies.
Contact: (215) 550-3868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: 925 Canal St., Bristol
What: The DRN staff and volunteers work to maintain the environmental health of the Delaware River watershed. Volunteers are needed to assist with clean up projects, water testing, fundraising events and educational outreach opportunities.
Contact: (215) 369-1188 or email@example.com.
Where: 2875 York Rd., Jamison
What: Take the opportunity to shape a child’s future by empowering them to achieve. Play sports together, go on a hike, enjoy a meal and provide a role model for kids that need inspiration.
Contact: (215) 343-8260 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What: NOVA supports, counsels and empowers victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes and works to eliminate violence in Bucks County through advocacy, community education and prevention programs. NOVA seeks volunteers for a crisis hotline to provide support to victims of crime and their families. Volunteers are also trained to provide accompaniment to victims during emergency room visits and police interviews. Hotline volunteers must complete a 45 hour training.
Contact: (215) 343-6543 or email@example.com.